Part of SFFILM Festival
This captivating documentary tells the remarkable story of South African dancer Siphe November, who was discovered as a young boy in the township of Zolani and rose to become one of a handful of Africans to lead a Western ballet company. Featuring breathtaking sequences that showcase Siphe’s innate physical talent and magnetism, and revealing interviews with his family and teachers, Beyond Moving sensitively captures the sacrifices one makes for art, the life we leave behind, and the power of dance to bridge cultures. Recommended for ages 10 and up.
“Beyond Moving offers a compelling character study that speaks to access and opportunity. Filmmaker Vikram Dasgupta offers a mix of archival footage and contemporary images to show the natural talent in November’s skills on the dance floor as well as the obvious progression of his ability with the right bit of nurturing. The observational elements of the film draw out the power of his story about creating avenues for opportunity to level the playing field and to create support for artists and athletes regardless of their backgrounds.” –Pat Mullen, POV Magazine
Vikram Dasgupta studied fine arts at Kolkata University and film at Sheridan College in Canada. After founding his own design studio Pixel Palette, he embarked on a career as a creative director for film, television, and commercials. Calcutta Taxi (2012) won the Best Drama jury award at Aspen Shortfest. One of his commercials, Parapan Am Games: Are You Ready? (2015), was nominated for a Cannes Lions International Festival of Creativity award. Beyond Moving is his debut feature.
Language English, Xhosa
Premiere North American
Country Canada/The Netherlands/South Africa
Director Vikram Dasgupta
Producer Vikram Dasgupta
Editor Vikram Dasgupta
Cinematographer Jeffrey Peter Maher, Christopher Lew
Music Dalal Bruchmann